On April 26, 1986 a tragic nuclear power plant accident happened in Chornobyl. Now, 16 years later, far too many people still live with the horrors of its’ aftermath and although they will continue to do so for generations to come, it seems that much of the world has forgotten.
“The western media, for which Chornobyl was an event of epic proportions, pays little attention to the distant accident. It has been relegated to the pages of late Soviet history, now overtaken by a brave, new and dangerous world of globalization and terrorism.” David Marples
STILL LIFE will help the world remember.
On the 15th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, Roman Hurko composed a Requiem for the victims of Chornobyl. This Byzantine Christian Church Requiem service sung a cappella and in the Ukrainian language, was recorded in Kyiv, Ukraine with the Frescoes of Kyiv Chamber Choir. It has recently been released on CD as a fundraising project for the Children/Victims of Chornobyl.
Sulyma Productions Inc. (SPI) of Canada, in an effort to bring this stirring Requiem to a greater audience, strove to find a “second voice” for this profound recording and its’ message. SPI conceived STILL LIFE through the fusing of three artistic creations: the arresting words of acclaimed Ukrainian poet Oksana Zabuzhko, Hurko’s timely and catchy pop tune melody, and of course the original Requiem. Ultimately, with the talents of Roman Hurko, Slavko Halatyn, and Michael Sulyma, these haunting creations were fused and a Demo CD recorded at BeSharp Studios in New York.
STILL LIFE, a live premiere and a world-wide release of the music video are currently being planned. SPI is currently working with the American and Canadian Children of Chornobyl organizations to ensure an appropriate and significant strategy for the proceeds of this project.
Released By: Sulyma Productions Inc.
Producers: Roman Hurko, Slavko Halatyn, Michael H. Sulyma
Composer: Roman Hurko
Lyrics: Based on the poem “Prypiat – Still Life” by Oksana Zabuzhko, adapted by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps
Image: “Another Kind of Icon,” Lydia Bodnar Balehutrak